City of Angels

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Glossy romance as an angel falls for a surgeon.
  • PG-13
  • 1998
  • 114 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence

Sad death of character.

Sex

Some.

Language

Some.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some sad deaths (including a child).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bylittleone522 February 1, 2011

Is the love scene to much for your kids?

My concern for kids watching this movie is in one steamy love scene. Although no nudity can be seen except for bare legs and bare backs, alot of heavy breathing... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 29, 2020

Brad Silberling directs this journey between life and death

City of angels is an classic romance film starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. The film is well produced and emotional. And is one of the best romance films out... Continue reading

What's the story?

In CITY OF ANGELS, Angels appear to hold our hands as we die. Humans cannot see them, but Maggie (Meg Ryan), a surgeon fighting desperately to save a patient, feels the presence of the angel Seth (Nicolas Cage), and it shakes her. It shakes him, too. Seth begins to wish that he could trade his existence as an angel for the chance to partake in earthly pleasures like smell, and touch, and love. He meets one of Maggie's patients, a former angel (played by NYPD Blue star Dennis Franz) and learns that even angels have the free will to choose their destinies.

Is it any good?

The German film Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders' dreamlike meditation on the angels among us, has been Hollywoodized into a dreamlike but glossy romance. Cage is especially touching, his longing for Maggie coming from some deep place in his soul. And the movie has some good issues to raise about choices and destiny and intimacy and the importance of smelling the roses. But it has awkward construction and a maudlin conclusion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Maggie's relationship with her colleague is so unsatisfying for her, and why Seth's role is so unsatisfying for him.

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love romance and drama

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